CAHERNANE HOUSE HOTEL, KILLARNEY WINS AT 2019 GOLD MEDAL AWARDS
Cahernane House Hotel, Killarney, Co. Kerry has won the title of Ireland’s Best Country House and Guest Experience at the 2019 Hotel and Catering Review Gold Medal Awards which were held on Tuesday (24th of September) at Lyrath Estate in Kilkenny.
With 135 finalists up for honours, the judges achieved a mammoth task of selecting 31 outstanding properties for recognition.
Emer Corridan, General Manager of Cahernane House Hotel said, “We are thrilled with this accolade and it is a testament to the hard work, passion and determination of all of our team. We have consistently raised our standards at Cahernane House Hotel and we keep on improving our property so that our discerning guests have a wonderful and memorable stay with us. Thank you to the judges, this means a lot to all of us, it’s wonderful.”
Donagh Davern, FIHI and member of the Judging Panel said of the awards, “We are lucky as judges to see the best which the Irish Hotel and Catering industry has to offer and experienced some wonderful examples of guest service. In a time where we are experiencing tight labour market conditions, we met some fantastic staff who were truly assets to their employers and the reason why guests return to a business. While product offerings have been enhanced, it is the people that make the true difference to the Irish Hotel and Catering product and the industry needs to ensure that these ambassadors are retained to enhance the industry going forward. Our congratulations to all the finalists.”
PREM Group purchased Cahernane House Hotel in 2016 and since then has already spent over €7.8 million on the property in a bid to return the luxury mansion house to its former glory. The initial renovation programme saw all the bedrooms in the original house being renovated as well as the creation of a stunning dining room which is now home to the 2 AA Rosette, Herbert Restaurant. Last summer all 28 rooms in the Garden Wing were redesigned and an eclectic bar, deep in the heart of the building was added. The Cellar Bar is open each evening and also serves evening food for both hotel guests and non-residents. The group also built on another 8 bedrooms in the original coach house earlier this year with more renovations taking place in the elegant Drawing Room, overlooking Killarney National Park, The Library and The Atrium.
The house itself was built in 1877 by Henry Herbert and his wife Catherine. Each of the five main rooms on the ground floor contain historical artefacts and original antiques including items such as the Herbert Family Crest which is depicted above the front door of the hotel and is reference to the original owners of the house. Many of the original pieces from the house remain in Cahernane House Hotel today, including the wooden staircase, the Killarney Davenport table in the lobby and the pillar caps in the lobby, which feature the first letters of each of Henry’s first four children’s names. His fifth child, Gwendolyn, was born the same year the house was built (August 1877) and the story goes that Gwendolyn’s ghost still roams the house on occasion.
Located just outside the centre of the thriving town of Killarney, the 48-bedroom Cahernane House Hotel is still far enough away from the hustle and bustle of Kerry’s major urban centre to offer a secluded and tranquil getaway. Situated on 6.4 acres of verdant grounds and on the edge of the Killarney Lakes and Killarney National Park it is often referred to as Ireland’s own, ‘Downton Abbey’.
The redevelopment of the property has been aimed at attracting clientele from the wedding, incentive and special occasion markets, while the presence of a two AA Rosette winning restaurant ensures that visitors to the hotel enjoy the finest cuisine served up by Executive Head Chef Eric Kavanagh.
The recent renovations at Cahernane House Hotel are just one of the large capital projects being carried out by PREM Group, who also operate more than 38 properties throughout Ireland, Belgium, the Netherlands, and the UK. The group recently finished renovating and extending some of its other properties including The Hoban Hotel, Kilkenny, Tulfarris Hotel & Golf Resort, Wicklow and The Osprey Hotel in Co. Kildare.
The property is a member of Ireland’s Blue Book. The hotel also won an International Gold Award of Excellence for the best 4-star hotel in Ireland from CIE Tours International in January of this year.